Phantom Stream Project

Adding a placeholder to talk about my Phantom Stream project. The project is still ongoing, but here are the milestones to date:

  • Got a DJI Phantom Quadcopter for my 30th birthday
  • Printed a custom mount with my MakerBot to hold the camera system
  • The camera system is a Raspberry Pi ($35) plus camera module ($25) with a fisheye lens ($10). It is powered by a 5v cell phone battery backup ($30). It has a wireless-n USB dongle ($10) for communication.
  • On the ground, I have a wireless router with a high powered directional antenna that can be run from a 12v battery.
  • I am streaming video wirelessly using GStreamer and watching the stream on my Macbook Air. The lag isn’t bad as long as I fly above the directional antenna, I would say around 300-500ms.

The next part of the project is to add a 2nd camera system and send the stream to the Oculus Rift. I’ll be trying that in the next few days and will update this post with pictures and videos.

Restarting my blog

Well, it has been about a year and a half since I wrote in this blog (and I took it down for a while), but now it’s back online. I’m participating in the IndieCade VRJam for the Oculus Rift and I’m going to blog about my game development over the next three weeks.

Sony HMZ-T1

Wow, I just got a Sony 3D head mounted display and it is awesome! I haven’t had a chance to use it much yet, but I did make a quick side-by-side render of the top banner. The side-by-side mode works really well and is an easy way to view 3D content (such as youtube 3d). Although it lacks 50% of the horizontal resolution, the 3D image still looks impressive. Check out my render if you have a 3D display device.I found that an easy way to view this is to set it as the desktop background. Make sure the HMZ-T1 is set to Side By Side mode. (I discovered that this mode is not available if your display is already detected as 3D, so you need to turn off stereoscopic 3D from the NVidia control panel)

UPDATE (MID-2013) – I found that the HMZ-T1 is really more of a 3D TV than a virtual reality device. I used it to play some 3D games on my PC and PS3, but the Oculus Rift is where it is at for full immersion and VR. (the Rift also kills it on price $300 vs. $800).